Conservative Liberal MP James Paterson has released a same-sex marriage bill that would weaken anti-discrimination protections against LGBTI people. Paterson’s draft bill would override state and territory anti-discrimination laws to allow the refusal of same-sex weddings by those holding a “genuine” religious or “conscientious belief” against same-sex marriage, allowing discrimination by private service providers. The …

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Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has defended false claims he made that primary school children are taught how to masturbate and use sex toys as part of the Safe Schools program. On Saturday, Mr Dickson pledged to “abolish the program” if his party gets elected, adding: “We are having little kids in grade four …

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The announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey is now just days away. At 9am Queensland time on Wednesday morning (November 15), the Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the result. Free-to-air channels ABC News and SBS have confirmed they’ll broadcast the outcome live that morning. Regardless of the result, “yes” campaigners …

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Hayley Angell and her wife Lisa Harris have had a magical reunion thanks to British Airways after being forced to live 16,000 kilometres apart due to a family tragedy. Hayley, from Brisbane, had been living in Glasgow with Lisa for 18 months when she received the devastating news that her father was suffering from terminal …

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Australia’s postal survey on same-sex marriage is “not an acceptable decision-making method”, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has said. In a report, the committee recommended Australia urgently legislate for same-sex marriage regardless of what result is announced next week. “The Committee is concerned about the explicit ban on same-sex marriage in the Marriage Act …

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There’s always room for change when it comes to equality. But UK retail giant Topshop’s decision to allow people of all genders to use any dressing room has sparked fierce debate. The change was brought to light by London-based performance artist and writer Travis Alabanza (pictured), who tweeted Topshop to complain after being denied access …

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Comedian Joel Creasey doesn’t think 27 years old is too young to be writing a memoir. In new book Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore, Joel offers up everything from celebrity anecdotes to stories about growing up gay in Perth to travelling the country on the stand-up circuit aged just 15. Joel says he’s been …

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West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith


Liberal senator Dean Smith has said he will move his marriage equality bill “as soon as practically possible after a yes vote is known,” as conservatives continue efforts to delay the passage of legislation. The bill, developed by Smith (pictured) out of a cross-party inquiry and backed by other Coalition MPs, includes provisions allowing civil …

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Warning: confronting content A New Zealand pastor who has repeatedly called for the death penalty for gay people has said he’s moved to Brisbane to start a new church. Logan Robertson founded Auckland’s independent Westcity Bible Baptist Church in 2014, which reportedly only has a congregation of 42 members. Robertson was investigated by New Zealand …

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December 1 is globally recognised as World AIDS Day. Across Australia, it’s celebrated across Australia to remind everyone that HIV is still a health issue, educate everyone on HIV prevention strategies, and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate in life without stigma and discrimination. From late November through to early December, there’s …

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